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Aer Lingus DUB-BCN-BFS Bad Turbulence +Pics/Vids

Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:08 pm

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So another trip to Barcelona . The fares were really low and I had not planned a trip 10 days after I had already been but with a return fare of only EUR70 all in I could not refuse. The option was to fly out from DUB and back into BFS. Timings suited and that was the best fare.



DATE : 02/DEC/08
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
FLIGHT: EI 562
ROUTE: DUB-BCN
A/C: A320-214
REG: EI-DEP ( Named Saint Eugene )
SEAT: 29D

I took the bus at 0350am from Newry and arrived into Dublin Airport at 0510am. I collected my boarding pass from the SSK and then decided to go to Starbucks as I needed a Coffee.









After that it was time to go through security and down to the A gates. Boarding was started soon after I arrived.

I was greeted by two Female FA's who were smiling.













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After take off BOB service began.







Funny storage idea !!



After a while I slept on the three seats as I was tired.









Soon we were nearly getting ready to land. One of the FA's ( I think Senior ) came down the plane and chatted briefly to everyone which I thought was a nice touch.





















Lovely views of Barcelona , a city I have become quite fond of .















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Time to say goodbye to the crew and disembark.



My friend was waiting in the arrivals and we made our way to the train station Via the re opened bridge.



We changed in Sants and then went to Liceu. I did have a motive to get off there again !!!

The wonderful market and to try the lvely Ice Cream .









The Kinder Ice cream tastes great !!





















My Friend wanted to go to Dunkin Donuts for a coffee, so I had a Xmas theme Boston Creme lol...





Then we popped to the supermarket and I saw this which made me laugh



Time to go to the hotel and we went to the rooftop and used the hot tubs . Also two pics from there.





After that I took a sleep before waking up and then we went to dinner. I wanted to visit the ice bar near the marina but in the end I was too tired. Maybe next time.

The next day we didnt do too much . I wanted to go to the Nespresso shop and just take a stroll to some places I had not seen before.



























We were offered some new Coffee to try and I also bought my Christmas supplies of capsules.







My favourite shop



Soon it was time to go to the airport for my flight home. I took the train .



DATE : 03/DEC/08
AIRLINE: AER LINGUS
FLIGHT: EI 47
ROUTE: BCN-BFS
A/C: A320-214
REG: EI-DEA Named ( Saint Fidelma /Fiedeilme )
SEAT: 29D





I checked in and asked the agent if the flight was full. He looked at me and smilied , ''You are only 38 passengers Sir ''. I smiled and said thats good I can have some space. I was a bit shocked at the low number to be honest. I knew the BCN route from BFS was poorly performing but that is very bad.

















Soon it was time to board. This did not take long as you can imagine .





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We were warned by the Captain that the flight would be very bumpy due to high winds coming from the Artic . We taxied for a long time to get to the runway. Passing the new Terminal 2 which is looking good.



Take off was very bumpy . After a while the crew were released to do the BOB service and the seatbelt sign was switched off.





After 20 mins the turbulence go quite bad and everyone had to sit down. This carried on for another hour and even the crew were saying it was the worst they had felt.


I had a headache and was tired . Then a break in the shaking came and the crew came round to make sure everyone was ok. There was a guy in the row in front of me who was really nervous and nearly in tears . The crew member sat with him and tried to re assure him. I asked her for a small glass of water to take some Aspirin for my headache and she came back with one no charge.



So after a while thank god it was time to land . I was worried as the pilot reported heavy snow in BFS. I was wondering if the bus home would be affected. As we landed it was clear that it was melting but still snowing.

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We landed and made our way to the gate. I thanked the crew for their efforts in which was a difficult task due to the bad turbulence and disembarked onto the freezing tarmac at BFS.

Passport control still not good enough IMHO. 2 officers in a narrow corridor and does not move very fast. We were only 38 passengers and it took far too long. I made my bus by 2 mins and headed into the center of Belfast for my other bus to Newry. The snow had turned to heavy rain at this stage and was horrible . I finally got home at 0100am totally exhausted.

So thats the end of my report. I hope you liked it . Not sure what the future holds for the Barcelona route. Its a shame as it was great when it started . The flight used to go out at 1040 and return at 1510 . They made a major error in moving to such late times IMHO.

Comments and suggestions appreciated as usual.

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Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:34 pm

Nice TR, as always.

like your pics of BCN. Seems you had a great time there.

The load factor seemed to be really low on both of your flights.

Looking forward for more TRs from you  Smile



Thank you for sharing


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Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:36 pm

Another wonderful report!

Nice to hear Aer Lingus did a good job, it's the crew that almost always make a flight with Aer Lingus enjoyable. Sounds like you had a great bunch on both your flights and that the crew handled things well on the way back. Cara magazine looks great, the colours are very eye catching.

I'd be disappointed if Aer Lingus dropped the BFS-BCN route, other routes finally seem to be performing well but I wonder if there is any chance they could return to the old schedule and keep the route going.

Thanks for posting.

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Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:55 pm

Another Great TR Phil!

Good hear that the EI crews on both flights were friendly, particularly the BFS based crew. The pics of Barcelona are great, I see your big into food though!! Some of those cakes look very tasty  Smile

Is Barcelona a popular destination over the winter months? The load on BCN-BFS was shockingly low, looks like it's ready to be cut.

The turbulence sounded pretty severe. Over the summer on a flight to ACE the turbulence was very bad too. After an hour of constant bumps, it start to get annoying more than anything!


Thanks for posting

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Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:34 am



Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
as I needed a Coffee.

= Hmmm ... the picture that followed was definitely not coffee  Smile.

As usual, excellent trip report ... though, EI's seat pitch in Y looks extremely tight.

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Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:58 am

That is awful far to go for a cone! Though it does look tasty. And what are capsules and why does one need them for the Holidays? Am I out of the loop.
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Quoting B747forever (Reply 1):
Seems you had a great time there.

Hi Gabriel, Yes I like Barcelona. Lots to see and do.

Quoting Shamrock350 (Reply 2):
I'd be disappointed if Aer Lingus dropped the BFS-BCN route

So would I , I really do think its the times. I know I keep saying it but its true.

Quoting EI320 (Reply 3):
Is Barcelona a popular destination over the winter months?

I dont think so , even Barcelona city itself seemed not that busy .

Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 4):
was definitely not coffee .

Haha did you not know that the EI SSK's now serve Starbucks .

Quoting Luv2fly (Reply 5):
And what are capsules and why does one need them for the Holidays? Am I out of the loop.

All can be revealed here ::

http://www.nespresso.com/precom/home_es_en.html?

Thanks for the reply. Hope you are all set for Christmas and got the Doggie treats in  Wink
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 11:06 am

Great report, thanks for sharing!

One question: What does the *SSK* on your boarding pass mean?
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 12:59 pm

Another great one.

Nice to see Belfast featured-a change of scenery from DUB. A lot of EI flights from BFS are not doing great I believe.
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:12 pm

Nice report OA260,

I too had the pleasure flying on December 3rd (my 100th flight for 2008!!!), TLS-FZO, going through the same weather front as you did, somewhere over central/western France.

Indeed it was the worst turbulence I have experienced, probably made worse by the fact that we were in a 30 year old BAe-146. Fortunately, the really bad bit went on for only 5 minutes and then it was bumpy but nothing to write home about.

I was also lucky because I was sitting in the back, and when we were hit by the severe turbulence, the people at the front had already received their drinks...

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Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:14 pm

Congrats for the report, Phil!
Yeah, both your flights had a light load. I wonder what’s the future of these routes...
Barcelona is indeed a nice city, with so many to offer.

It seems that you like sitting in the back on row 29... Any particular reason for that? I also like the rear rows, but when it’s A320, I like rows 25-26-27, not so far behind.
It’s quieter in the back with so few people onboard or you choose to sit there whatever the load factor?

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Sat Dec 06, 2008 1:15 pm



Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 8):
A lot of EI flights from BFS are not doing great I believe.

There are a few weak routes such as AMS, CDG and BCN but others are doing far better and there will be a few more changes to the summer schedule so we might see another new route.
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:11 pm



Quoting Abrelosojos (Reply 4):
though, EI's seat pitch in Y looks extremely tight.

The seat pitch on the EI A320's is quite good - 32". Row 29 has little recline however.

Quoting AJO (Reply 7):
What does the *SSK* on your boarding pass mean?

Self Service Kiosk. I'm not sure why they print it on the boarding pass though.
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 2:44 pm

Hi Philip,

thanks for the nice report. I enjoyed reading it. Nice pics of BCN and the market, would be my paradise  Wink

Cheers,
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 3:32 pm

Hey, Phil,

another great story surrounded by also great pix from your point of view.
So I think, you know Barcelona really well after your several visits.
Its not the major touristic time now, so I hope that they dont cancel the BCN-BFS route.

Greetings,
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 4:24 pm

Sounds like they were good flights - I like EI on the shorter european runs. Nice to see the christmas hat on the A320. I remember EI used to have really cool ticket wallets for december with runway lights and christmas trees etc. I have a few somewhere I kept.
 
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Sat Dec 06, 2008 6:44 pm

Hi Philip,

Great read and pictures as always - thanks  Smile

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I took the bus at 0350am

- OMG, way way too early!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
then decided to go to Starbucks as I needed a Coffee

- So would I after that early start!

Quoting OA260 (Thread starter):
I knew the BCN route from BFS was poorly performing but that is very bad.

- Shame the numbers are soo poor, perhaps re-timing again might improve the loads?

Barcelona is a great city, the pix remind me I need a re-visit!

Regards

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Quoting AJO (Reply 7):
*SSK*

Self Service kiosk , Im not sure either why they print it on the BP.

Quoting AmricanShamrok (Reply 8):
Nice to see Belfast featured-a change

Yes made a change for me flying a different route also.

Quoting Kaneporta1 (Reply 9):
Nice report OA260,

Efharisto Alex.

Quoting Kaneporta1 (Reply 9):
TLS-FZO, going through the same weather front as you did, somewhere over central/western France.

So you know exactly how it felt lol... Im glad you thought it was bad also and not just me. Nothing you can do but relax and sit it out. Ti Na Kanoume .....

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 10):
Congrats for the report, Phil!

Thanks Nick.

Quoting Nickbbu (Reply 10):
It seems that you like sitting in the back on row 29... Any particular reason for that? I also like the rear rows, but when it%u2019s A320, I like rows 25-26-27, not so far behind.

I had been told that row 29 is always the last to fill up and more chance of a free seat next to you so I have been doing that ever since and 99% is works. Thanks to N272WA for the tip.

Quoting EI320 (Reply 12):
The seat pitch on the EI A320's is quite good - 32".

Yes maybe my pics make it look smaller but the seat pitch is very generous and I never have an issue.

Quoting StefanPAD (Reply 13):
Nice pics of BCN and the market, would be my paradise Wink

Yes I dont know why but I love that market not just for the food LOL.....

Quoting FLIEGER67 (Reply 14):
So I think, you know Barcelona really well after your several visits.

Hey Markus, Are you in Morocco now? Lucky for some lol... Yes I know Barcelona quite well , the central parts anyway but there is still so much I have not seen. Im sure I will have a chance on the next visits.

Quoting Shamrock104 (Reply 15):
I like EI on the shorter european runs.

Yes I like them also. The seats are nice and flights are 99% hassle free. Cant ask for more.
 
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Sun Dec 07, 2008 4:45 pm

Hey ya Phil,

Efharisto para poli for another good trip on EI.

Shame about the poor loads.

The ice-cream in BCN looks class, especially the Kinder ice-cream....Mmmm...

All the best,
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Quoting N272WA (Reply 18):
Shame about the poor loads.

Hi Mike , yeah they were very bad .

Quoting N272WA (Reply 18):
especially the Kinder ice-cream....Mmmm...

Yes its really nice ....too nice lol...
 
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Mon Dec 08, 2008 10:56 am

Hi Philip,

wow, that loadfactors are really bad, also on the DUB-BCN flight.
Good for you, as you could use 3 seats to grab some sleep  Smile

I liked the pictures of the market with all those fresh products, you can almost smell it here  Smile

Thanks for sharing your bumpy ride to spain!
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Wed Dec 10, 2008 8:08 pm



Quoting DALCE (Reply 20):
wow, that loadfactors are really bad, also on the DUB-BCN flight.

Its pretty rare that DUB-BCN goes out with that few pax. It is one of EI's better routes......

November is always a weak month for all airlines on short haul, so no need to panic...  Wink
 
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Sat Dec 13, 2008 6:55 pm

I personally would say BFS isn't a top performer for EI. 750,000 tkts sold in a year with how many seats being flown by EI for that year?
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